If you keep your child in activities in the community she will not become anti- social. My kids are involved in sports, community service projects, youth groups at our church and they also are in a home school co-op. Assuming you are involved in the community in some way, she will get a better social "education" being with you (an older experienced person who has "been there") than with a bunch of kids her own age that are trying to impress each other. Don't let people who don't have a clue scare you with the whole "socialization" question. It is very lame and all you have to do is read past comments from REAL homeschoolers who have been doing it successfully for years. I get complements from people all the time from people saying how polite and comfortable my kids are when they interact with them. It is awesome!
As far as Internet homeschooling, I haven't tried it but my kids are very "hands on" type kids. They would go nuts in front of a computer. I don't stick to one certain curriculum for all subjects either. I have several I have pulled together that work great for my family. If you are interested in suggestions feel free to email me.
Hope this helps and good luck.
I don't think Internet home schooling is a good idea. First, it does make you anti-social. She's going to have to deal with people in the real world one day so she might as well get used to it now. Second, you have to be very independent and disciplined to successfully complete home schooling. Most kids aren't. Plus, she won't get the live help from a teacher if she doesn't understand something. Personally, I would make her go to school because you not only learn more from being with other students but you also learn valuable social skills. This will teach her how to deal with both difficult and easy going people when she starts earning a living........good luck!
You can't, unless you just homeschool. You can homeschool and let her keep friends and make new ones, homeschooling doesn't mean antisocial behaviour necessarily. Doing it over the internet just seems so cold, you might as well let her do correspondence.
Well, not only does hslda.org provide homeschooling laws, but it also provides homeschooling organizations in certain communities. Look at that and see if there is a group in your area.
Also, get your child involved in extracurriculars. Get her involved volunteering in the community, too.
The only bad homeschooling experiences are created by the parents or the child, so you have to give her opportunities to socialize. I do know of some bad examples, but they were created by the parents and the child. Either the parents don't think the child needs some form of socialization (there are some crazy homeschooling parents out there, although they are not the norm), or the child refuses to get out in the world and insists on being lazy all day long.
If you and your child work together to make it a good experience, it will work out, but it will not necessarily be easy.
Also, you didn't say how old your daughter is, so I can't recommend a program.
I am enrolled in an online class. It's a 'Great Books course. There are no cons, but there are many pros, such as added socialization and having your homework graded by someone other than your parents. Don't listen to the first two answers. Did they ever experience it? Do they homeschool? No, they don't. So, they should keep their obese butts out of EduQnA.com. AND STAY OUT! Ahem. Yes, I think that internet classes are an excellent solution.
Homeschooling using an internet curriculum and with live internet classes can actually be quite a social experience. We have used internet classes quite extenisvely and when the right tools are used it is more social than face to face. LOL.
To give you an idea, here is a description of one of the internet math classes we ran last spring.
10:00 everyone logging into the Elluminate online classroom. We have four students all together in this weekday math class for 1st graders. One from South Carolina. One from Arkansas,. Two are siblings signing in from separate computers in their home in Oregon. Everyone visits for a few minutes using the text chat tools or their microphones. THe class begins with everyone clicking to their own designated Penny Math page (timed math fact practice). One of the student's page is addition doubles facts. Another student has math facts using the counting on technique. Yet another is working on math facts with 9's. The teacher calls, "Begin" and each busily works to answer and self-check the facts my moving the pennies to reveal the answer. If correct the penny stays off, if wrong it is recovered and can be gone back to if time permits. The teacher roams to each page and watched the pennies move on the screen, noting the speed to get an idea of trouble spots to work on for each individual child. At the end of 1 minute, time is called and all students are brought back to the Penney Math into page. The new lesson for the day is presented and interactive and group activities related to the new topic are done. The class moves on to some review topics. All are interactive and involve either all the students at once or the kids take turns. Soon the students have moved through all the activities and now have some free time. "OK everyone, what games are you all interested in playing today. We have Battleship, Checkers, Pente, Boxes, and Simon Says loaded up. A few want Battleship and a few want checkers, so the room is set to roam so that two students can go to each game. The students play and communicate off and on with each other via the microphone and text chat box. The teacher moves between the screens to monitor the games. After a few minutes one of the kids tires and asks for a whiteboard to draw on. Yeah! says another. So a community screen is set up and then individual screens are assigned out so that the kids can select a collaborative or own drawing. The teacher and the kids periodically bring in jpegs to decorate their pages with and use the varied art tools to draw. ots of chatter on the microphone keeps it anything but quiet. Ha, ha, come see my dog with glowing eyes! says one. More chatter as the kids who skipped over a few slides sees and laughs. One of em sees a picture on the side and asks if he can copy/paste it to his own screen to play with. "Sure." says our little artist. There is a short stretch of silence as everyone is deeply engrossed in his own drawing. "Well everyone. It is almost time for the next class to come in and I need to load up the next grade level's slides. Go ahead and save your drawings to your hard drives if you want to keep them. "Brandon, can you go and tell your brother that his online math class starts in ten mintues before you head off to play?" Thanks a bunch. "Bye Mrs. Tammy. Bye Brandon, Bye Maria. I will see tyou tomorrow."
Sound like fun? This was a very typical day for us last spring. I think it was quite a social little class. There are several online classes now using Elluminate. This is the tool that allows this kind of class to occur. Go visit their website to learn more, see some recorded topics created in the Elluminate classroom, get your own free 3-seater version to use for your own get togethers with others, and to locate a few curriculum providers using it. Here is a link to the free 3-seater version http://www.elluminate.com/vroom/.... From there you can explore the site. Our math class also had an assynchronous compponent hosted by Virtual Homeschool Group. Virtual Homeschool Group will be moving this week to a bigger and faster server. I will post the link to the class that we ran last spring that I just desribed, but be aware that it may be chaotic while the transfer is taking place. VHSG's old homepage addy is http://www.virtualhomeschoolgroup.com/.... To see the math class just select Math Meeting Kto3rd Grade. Click guest at the password page.
Homeschooling, great idea! Internet Homeschooling - not so much. And there are MANY ways to keep her well socialized. I homeschooled for years. This year I started clinicals for Nursing school so, I had to enroll my kids in school. They both had no trouble making friends, are well behaved in class and have excellent grades.
Look into soccer programs, scouts programs, church activities (if you go to church), the YMCA even has special groups and classes for homeschoolers so they get to socialize together! Even a couple of trips a week to a playground where they get to meet and play with other children helps.
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